Welcome to the Blog part of the website. This is my attempt to make sense of Kate and I living in France, the lifestyle,the french, my home and animals and anything else that seems amusing to me. Sorry I have a strange sense of humour!! 

I plan to update this with regular  news of my adventures and those of my animals at La Godefrere.  You can now look us up on our new facebook page - La Godefrere.

This website can no longer host my blog so I have changed to using wordpress. This can be accessed through the following link:


Browsing Archive: February, 2018

A week of shocks, the cat has a sex change; I have a mouse nibbling my fat balls and we have a large visitation during the night.

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, February 26, 2018,
The more astute amongst my readers will have noticed that the writing of the blog has moved from Sunday to Monday. This is mainly to do with Sundays now being very busy. It is normally the day when I have my French lessons and this takes up 2 to 3 hours of intensive study, we are a small group of 4 and get very excited about this terms story book which we have to read out loud and then translate. The book is one of a series about Ratus the green rat and his chums Marou and Mina who are cats. ...

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A tornado hits La Godefrere (a small and furry one); we have a stressed Moggie and Archie keeps a stiff upper lip; and we visit Gourmand Bagnoles

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, February 19, 2018,

There we were, Mrs. Parish and I, relaxing and thinking we had got this living in France all sorted. The weather had improved and we had some nice sunny days and we were able to get out and do some tidying up jobs in the garden, some fence replacing and rehanging of gates and coppicing of some of our trees. Mrs. Parish tells me that I was mistaken last week and that it was hazel that we use for bean poles and not hawthorn as I reported. They both begin with H I say, but Mrs. Parish gives one ...

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Temps hivernal; coppicing and fencing; the boars are back in town; café and conversation, the relaxed way to learn French

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, February 12, 2018,
Les temps hivernal have arrived according to Evelyne the weather lady on French TV. She was announcing with a sweep of her hand the arrival of winter and snow. Since Christmas we have had almost non-stop rain leading to flooding in Paris. Here we have had to stare gloomily out of the window at rain and more rain.

The snow arrived in most of France but we have had very little here, being right on the edge of the wintry weather. We had a bit of a dusting at the beginning of the week but it turne...

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“What ever happened to Gone with the Wind”, a world premiere. We have a Vegan invasion and report on the French Nutella riots

Posted by Graham Parish on Monday, February 5, 2018,

Despite numerous technical problems and a last-minute glitch which caused the delay in going to press the movie is complete and ready to go on general release. If I thought making the movie was difficult getting it on to the big screen (well actually quite a small screen) produced major problems. 

I sought to find some video editing software to edit the raw footage of the hens. I managed to find some free software which proved to be useless. It may of course have been me that had the problem b...

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About Me

Graham Parish Graham Parish is a former UNISON Trade Union official who retired to France with Kate (a previous self employed gardener and now resident gardener here) to start a new life of wine, cheese, french bread and a vegetable garden on a large rural french farm with holiday gite, and associated animals.


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